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Wed, Jul 3, 2019
Traditional Overnight Summer Camp has it's benefits. But for some families, a Non-Traditional Overnight Summer Camp is just the right fit! I challenge you to Declare Your Independence Traditional Overnight Camp and see if a Non-Traditional Overnight Camp Experience is the right one for your child!
What are the differences between Traditional and Non-Traditional Overnight Camps?
This is a great question and good place to start. In this blog post I will explore the major differences between "Traditional Overnight Camp" and "Non-Traditional Overnight Camp".
Tue, Jan 24, 2017
Stone Mountain Adventures is a co-ed overnight summer camp for teenagers located in central Pennsylvania. We serve young teens ages 12 to 16 and were founded in 1983 by Pam and Biff Houldin. We offer fantastic summer camp activities including:
Topics: Teen summer camp
Mon, Dec 28, 2015
Here are a few things that I know for sure in no particular order:
Because life is so busy it is often hard to find time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us. It’s easy to take for granted that it will always be there.
As a child I remember how my parents felt about exploring nature and new places. Growing up in the mountains and valleys of central Pennsylvania I gained an appreciation and love of nature and also be spending time in the great outdoors hiking and camping. During these experiences I also learned a lot about myself and what was important to me. I also made deep connections with others who shared my passion for outdoor pursuits.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Former Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Camp Counselor Gabe Millar has written an article titled "Conessions of a Camp Counselor" Gabe Millar was a Camp Counselor at SMA in 2006 and 2007 and is currently gatting his MBA from the Uni
CLICK HERE TO READ "Confessions Of A Camp Counselor"versity of Montana in Missoula, MT.
Here is part of the blog post:
"As parents, you entrust counselors with your children, well, I guess you mostly entrust the directors or owners of the summer camp, but in reality, counselors are the ones who are with your children most of the time. According to the American Camp Association there are over 12,000 summer camps in the United States, and they employ over 1.5 million people each year, most of whom are counselors. Are these people trustworthy?
Popular culture would have you believe that camp counselors spend the vast majority of their time focused on partying with other counselors (think Meatballs part 1 through 4) and put very little energy into the job of protecting, nurturing, and teaching your kids. Well, I cannot speak for all of us, but this is the perspective of one former summer camp counselor.
Summer camp counselors are notoriously underpaid and overworked, at least that is what we will tell you if you ask, and there is some truth to it. It is true in the same way that parenting is often referred to as the hardest job in the world. I know this because it has been nearly twenty years since I last taught water-skiing, mountain biking, or canoeing as a camp counselor and I am now a parent.
Does the movie Meatballs accurately portray life as a summer camp counselor?"
Thu, Dec 11, 2014
Gabe Jaffe was a camper st SMA Teen Summer camp for the summers of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Gabe grew and matured during his time at SMA and when he aged out of SMA we were sad to see him go. Gabe's older brother Dan Jaffe was also a camper at SMA in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Gabe recently wrote the following essay as a part of his application for the university of Maryland. In this essay Gabe had to answer the question:
Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp (SMA), my close-knit overnight camp in rural Pennsylvania, had given me unparalleled experiences, life-long friends, and the best four summers of my life. Sadly, because I was 15, this would be my last year at camp; the culmination of the session would be the dance and as a veteran camper, I would help organize it.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014
I met so many new people and even tried some new things at camp. Bowling was a lot of fun, and rafting was the best yet. Even though I came into this session already close friends with Alex, we both made friends with all of the new and returning people in 2nd session. This will probably be my last time at SMA and I’ve had a great time this summer. I’m really going to miss summers at Stone Mountain, but all the time I have been here was awesome.
This was my 3rd year at SMA Teen Summer Camp, and I just realized how much I love Alex Leonard. We have spent every single day together and my realization made me realize something else (basically like Inception). It’s of being woken up by the Birdy song (which I have a love-hate relationship with) and eating grilled cheese at lunch and straight chillin’ at windsurf/sail and Walmart and the Yough and paper plates, and I just realized how much I love just about everything here. I thought I knew everything about this place but every year I come, I find out little things that make my love for you guys and everything here grow. I can’t wait until the next 2 sessions and next year and every single session I come back until I am a super camper (hopefully) because SMA is my summer home and it always will be.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014
A truly S’MAzing summer at Stone Mountain Adventures has come to a close. We ended the summer as we began it with an incredible final two week session!
The summer of 2014 at Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp really was one for the ages. We had campers from 16 states and five foreign countries including Spain, the UK, France, Switzerland and Dubai. Our staff was equally diverse with a total of 15 full time camp counselors from nine states as well as “funny-talkers” from England, Northern Ireland, and Australia. Of those counselors, five were former SMA Campers.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp has been featured in a recent publication by Camp Navigator.
Camp Navigator helps parents find quality summer camps and summer programs for thier children. Our updated 2013 Directory of Summer Camps can help you in your search for the best day camps, overnight camps and teen tour/travel camps for kids and teens this upcoming summer.
While sending children to Summer Camps has meritorious results, choosing a right Summer Camp is what actually matters. Landing in a wrong place wherein tutors or coaches take children for a ride will be a more adverse situation. Then what to do? Nothing to worry my friends, search for a right summer camp. Here at Camp Navigator, you can find 10,000+ best summer camps to choose from, that matches all your childs interests. You Can also use Summer Camp Advisory Service to request this information by email or phone. I am happy today that I have found something like Camp Navigator. Hope you will make use of it to transform your child into most successful person.
(Article originally published on the Summer Camp Culture Blog)
Mon, Feb 24, 2014
A Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp photo was recently featured in the "Sunday Life" section of the Centre Daily Times on Sunday 2/23/14.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014
Sat, Feb 1, 2014
Seriously, the winter has been so bitterly cold that it’s hard to even begin to think about summer.
But for parents, it’s time to think about what activities your children will be doing when summer finally gets here. And there may be no better place and day than Mount Nittany Middle School on Saturday.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014
(Article originally published on the Summer Camp Culture Blog)
Mon, Jan 27, 2014
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Mon, Jan 13, 2014
Winter is upon us and as the northeast is blanketed in snow many families start to think about summer plans including summer camps for kids. A great resource to help families sort through all the available options are to visit a camp fair. A camp fair is similar to a job or college fair but is for summer camps and travel programs. Representatives from 50 to 100 camps and travel programs gather at a school, mall or hotel and families stop by and learn about the programs.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013
Sara Finn (aka Sara Feldstein-Nixon) attended SMA Teen Summer Camp from 2008 to 2011 and wrote this as she was applying to transfer from Brookline High School in her sophmore year...
Fri, Nov 8, 2013
Dirtfest is a fantastic event that is weekend long mountain bike festival promoting a hearty spirit for adventure, festivity and camaraderie. DirtFest features clinics on sustainable trail building, entry level mountain biking, sustainable trail maintenance; and includes organized events such as a womens skills series, kids mountain bike rides, unicycle course and an epic all day group ride that departs on a houseboat shuttle. Hosted by the Raystown Mountain Bike Association (RMBA).
Thu, Oct 17, 2013
This blog will give you the "411" about everything that is Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp! Everything from "Summer Updates" to useful family and camp resources. Check it out!